Here is information on what some of the past Africana Studies students are doing. If you would like to send the program updated information, we would be happy to include this in the alumni/ae page. Please send any information to the Africana Studies program coordinator, Glynis at email@example.com
Tracy Shirey '14
I am an AmeriCorps member of AIDS United in Washington, DC, and am working as a health educator at Whitman Walker Health, a community health clinic in the heart of DC that specializes in HIV and LGBT care. I spend my days conducting HIV testing/counseling sessions, coordinating an HIV positive peer mentoring program, and facilitating a small group intervention for people living with HIV. I left Bowdoin's Africana studies program fascinated by the connection between healthcare disparities and racial inequalities, and my year of service at Whitman Walker allows me to work with the people who experience both firsthand.
Stanford Spurlock '14
After graduation I packed up my bags and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry. I’m currently working as an executive assistant at BMG Chrysalis, a music publishing company with offices all over the world. While the job is equal parts work and play, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about the the business side of music, while further deepening my appreciation for the artistic side as well. My journey is just beginning, but one day I’d like to move into artist management, and help revitalize an industry that many believe is on the decline. In the meantime, the grind continues…
Neli Vazquez '14
The writing and critical thinking skills that I gained from Bowdoin (and the Africana Studies department specifically) are being put to use in the Office of Annual Giving at the College. As the Alumni Fund Associate I manage over 100 volunteers from the three youngest alumni classes, supervise the Senior Class Gift Campaign, develop the student philanthropy program, and oversee the call center during fall and spring student phonathon.
Zalika May '13
I am currently working at Harlem Village Academies Elementary in New York as an Administration Manager. Also, I am currently applying to graduate school for a Master's in School Counseling for Fall 2014.
Michelle Wells '12
I am currently living in Calais, Maine for the summer and I have just completed the first year of my DVM degree in veterinary medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada. I will be graduating in three years and plan to come back to Maine to practice mixed animal medicine and continue my veterinary education with a certification in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I would like to express to the Bowdoin community how thankful I am that I had the pleasure of learning from such amazing professors and fellow students while in this program, and even though I am not directly using my Africana Studies major for my career, the lessons I have learned about personal relations and how to approach the world has changed me for the better.
La'Shaye Ervin '12
I am currently working as a lab technician at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I will be starting their Ecology PhD program in the fall.
Claudia Williams '12
Claudia is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Memphis. She also works there as an Education Management Professional.
George Aumoithe '11
I just received my M.A. in history at Columbia University and I am entering my third year on the Ph.D. track. My research focuses on 20th century U.S. history and the history of public health in the context of clinical medicine and patient social movements. My project focuses on the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and their work within the National Institutes of Health.
Awa Diaw '11
I am currently working at a Junior Boarding School in Massachusetts. However, this fall I will be moving to NYC to work while attending Columbia's Teachers College for a Master's in Education Policy.
Fatoumatta (Touma) Kunjo '10
Ms. Kunjo is a Ph.D. student of History at Stanford University.
Kijan Bloomfield Maxam '04
Since graduating I worked as a college advisor and education coordinator at various non-profits serving urban youth in New York City. I received my MA from Columbia University in International and Transcultural Education and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Religion at Princeton.
Leroy Roches Gaines '02
Mr. Gaines graduated from Columbia University's Teachers College in 2006. He is now the Principal of Acorn Woodland Elementary in Oakland, California.
Jonathan MacKenzie Short '00
Mr. Short obtained his law degree from the William and Mary School of Law in 2003. He is now a partner at McCarter and English, and practices in all areas of intellectual property law, representing clients in disputes and transactions relating to patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret, as well as unfair trade/business practices, cyberlaw and data privacy issues.
Saudia Natoya Davis '00
Ms. Davis is Founder and President of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning in New York City. You can read a recent profile of her here.